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San Juan villagers vow not to support candidates supporting NPAs

by Maritess B. Beņas

SAN JUAN, Abra (20 October) -- The people of Barangay Abualan, this town expressed their strong and united stand not to support candidates who are openly or discreetly supporting communist terrorists or any armed groups.

The commitment of the people to democracy was drawn during the general assembly meeting in Brgy. Abualan last October 17, initiated by the 41st Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Raul v. Bautista of the Philippine Army.

The general assembly with the theme, "Cooperation is the start of development," was highlighted with the conduct of free medical and dental mission where 350 residents were benefited.

Participating agencies include the provincial government of Abra and the municipal government of San Juan which donated cash and medical supplies, and their health personnel who carried out the medical and dental services.

The general assembly meeting cum medical mission is a follow-up of the initial interfacing activity thru the Infocaravan conducted at the San Juan Central School Amphitheatre in Poblacion, San Juan where all national agencies and selected provincial offices like the Provincial Budget, Provincial Social Welfare and Development, the Provincial Agriculturist and Veterinarian presented their program thrusts and services of which the people could avail for their own economic and social development.

In his message, Col. Loreto G. Rirao, Commander of the 503rd Infantry Brigade urged the residents e not to allow themselves to be fooled by the lies and deceptive tactics of the CPP/NPA/NDF especially now that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections are fast approaching wherein communist terrorists will likely come to support the left-leaning candidates or even field their own candidates from their ranks.

Rirao emphasized that this outreach program of the government troops is their way of expressing their sincerity to the people whom they have sworn to serve and protect.

Bautista acknowledged the role of the local government units and all government agencies in defeating insurgency and assured the general assembly that the Phil. Army will continue to link, cooperate and collaborate with them as a display of their love and care for the people.

The 41st IB had been in operation in San Juan and helping the people there in their various development efforts like tree-planting in the watersheds, and even the construction of a water tank for distribution to the households. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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